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  • The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries
    South Africa
    30 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Demand for lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase as internal combustion engine vehicles lose share to electric vehicles. While South Africa has no lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, several companies are involved in battery pack assembly. Demand for all types of batteries is also expected to come from the rollout of renewable energy projects. Battery demand in South Africa is being driven by the growth in the number of renewable energy projects, an increasing number of homeowners and by industrial and commercial users looking for a reliable energy source as load-shedding continues.
  • The Telecommunications Industry in Botswana
    Botswana
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa. However, internet speeds are relatively slow and data costs are high. The sector’s strong performance during lockdown is attributed to high demand for data services and internet connectivity from all sectors of the economy. However, the pandemic is having a significant impact on mobile phones sales in Botswana due to reduced household incomes. Challenges affecting growth of the sector include a lack of broadband infrastructure, low access to electricity, lack of skills and the competitive advantage of international operators over local operators. Most of the big players in Botswana’s telecoms sector are majority foreign-owned, while locally-owned companies are in the internet service provider segment.
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector makes a major contribution to facilitating trade in South Africa and co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. Ongoing waves of the pandemic continue to hamper the trade in goods by supressing consumer spending and causing congestion and disruptions at ports. These factors are driving up container freight costs and hampering the industry’s recovery. Most recently the sector has also been affected by rioting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which disrupted trucks and port operations.
  • Maritime Transport and Marine Manufacturing in South Africa
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The sea, coastal and inland water transport system facilitates trade and plays a crucial role in the movement of passengers and goods. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 300 million tons of seaborne cargo moved through South African ports each year. The pandemic has brought into focus the critical role performed by the maritime transport industry in the delivery of medicine, food, fuel and other essential supplies, but has also highlighted the hardships facing thousands of crew members stranded at sea.
  • Manufacture of Pasta
    South Africa
    16 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    While the performance of the pasta industry is influenced by the economy and financial well-being of consumers, both of which are under increasing pressure since the onset of the pandemic, pasta demand has grown as consumers stocked up on dry foods. Sales of ready-to-eat pasta meals are growing, driven by higher income consumers, but the segment still remains small.
  • The Fertiliser and Nitrogen Compounds Industry
    South Africa
    07 July 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s fertiliser industry is experiencing a bumper year on the back of rising fertiliser prices and record maize production, which accounts for more than half of all fertiliser consumed in the country. However, there is concern over increasing imports and a decrease in local production. The sector is also faced with the threat of land expropriation and issues such as climate change which could increase the likelihood of drought in future years. Transport costs, electricity supply and exchange rate volatility also affect the sector.
  • Real Estate Activities
    South Africa
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The real estate sector has been significantly affected by the pandemic as listed property shares fell and the commercial property sector was struck by growing vacancies and a decrease in property valuations. While sales in the residential property sector began to increase in late 2020, partly driven by record low interest rates, property transactions declined significantly in 2020, likely due to temporary closure of deeds offices due to the pandemic.
  • The Petroleum Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Following Tullow Oil’s discovery in 2012 of crude oil reserves in northern Kenya’s Lokichar sub-basin, estimated at over 4 billion barrels, Kenya has been touted as Africa’s next major oil producer. Results from an early oil pilot project indicate that the reserves in Turkana’s Amosing and Ngamia fields are commercially viable. But the coronavirus pandemic and other setbacks have delayed the development of the oilfields for commercial production. The Kenyan government hopes to secure investment to construct crude oil processing and storage facilities and an oil pipeline.
  • The Poultry and Egg Industry
    South Africa
    30 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The poultry and egg industry accounted for one-fifth of total agricultural gross value and 40% of the gross value of all animal products in South Africa in 2020. The industry is the primary supplier of quality, affordable protein to South Africans and there are over a million households in the country engaged in some form of poultry production, mostly on a subsistence level. Consumption of poultry and egg products is significantly higher than combined consumption of beef, pork, mutton and goat meat.
  • State-Owned Enterprises
    South Africa
    24 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The ongoing financial and operational crises faced by a number of major state-owned enterprises (SOEs) casts doubt on their practicality and survival. Total SOE debt stands at a staggering R692.9bn. The most recent budget review indicated that SOEs have reported poor growth, high costs and elevated debt servicing costs, and several appear to be at risk of defaulting on their debts. Prospective reforms and increasing private-sector participation provide some hope for South Africa’s SOEs.
  • The Manufacture of Adhesives and Sealants in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    This report focuses on the manufacture of adhesives and sealants in South Africa. Bonding and sealing agents have many applications and are used in all sectors of the economy. Demand for adhesives and sealants has been mixed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. While home confinement and the surge in online shopping resulted in increased demand for packaging adhesives and DIY products, remote working and online learning contributed to a decline in demand for office and school adhesives.
  • Residential Facilities for The Elderly
    South Africa
    04 June 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    South Africa’s elderly population aged 60 and over continues to increase as a percentage of the population and currently sits at 5.4 million people. There is much demand for accommodation and care for the elderly, and not enough supply, especially for affordable care, and old people continue to lack access to adequate healthcare, social support, and other basic services. Government’s social grant payments for old people and subsidies provided to residential care facilities are insufficient to cover increasing costs, forcing many facilities to close.
  • Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Only a few companies are involved in the production of primary plastics, but a large number of companies convert primary plastics into finished plastic products through processing techniques such as blow moulding, extrusion, injection moulding, rotational moulding and thermoforming, and most are SMEs. The performance of local manufacturers of plastics and plastic products has been affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, weak economic conditions, rising input costs and growing environmental concerns. While the volume of plastic products manufactured decreased in the year to February 2021, the sales value of these products rose.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Tanzania
    Tanzania
    24 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Tanzania’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. The country’s produces maize, cassava, rice, potatoes, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum and bananas, and its main cash crops are coffee, cotton, sugar cane, tea, cashew nuts, tobacco, sesame seed, flowers and sunflower seed. The agri-business sector faces challenges including the limited use of fertilisers, pesticides and improved seeds, limited use of mechanisation and a reliance on natural rainfall. Other influencing factors are inadequate storage facilities, poor or non-existent transport infrastructure, weak value chains and limited affordable financial services.
  • Building Installation Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    The building installation sector consists of activities involving the fitting of equipment to buildings, such as plumbing, insulation, lighting, heating and air-conditioning, sprinkler systems, lifts, electrical work, shopfitting and fitting of certain plants. The sector is affected by capital expenditure by the state and private property owners and managers, which has slowed since the onset of the pandemic, as vacancies have escalated, particularly in commercial offices. A major trend driving new installations is the move to make buildings greener to lower energy and water costs and carbon emissions.
  • The Manufacture and Wholesale of General Purpose Machinery in South Africa
    South Africa
    11 May 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Government considers the machinery industry to be a key strategic sector for economic and employment growth, and the industry receives support through industrial policies. However, it had been facing significant headwinds even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The fundamental challenges facing the industry are primarily structural, and include the depressed economy, declining construction sector, import penetration, and a host of factors undermining South Africa’s manufacturing competitiveness.
  • Manufacture of Bakery Products
    South Africa
    30 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Bread is the second most important provider of energy in the national diet after maize products. While bread consumption in South Africa increased slightly in 2020, the South African Chamber of Baking said that the pandemic will likely result in a switch to other staples such as maize meal. While the manufacture of baked goods is a growing industry in South Africa, the pandemic has led to a number of artisanal bakeries shutting. Bigger bakeries have mostly benefited from consumers stocking up during the pandemic. However the industry is facing increasing costs, including higher flour prices, and the possible introduction of inspection services for the wheat sector, which could lead to higher bread prices.
  • Recycling of Waste and Scrap
    South Africa
    29 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    South Africa generates 108 million tons of waste annually, 90% of which still goes to the country’s landfills. The country’s slow progress in recycling is evidenced by the Polokwane Declaration on Waste Management’s target of reaching zero waste to landfill by 2022 being revised to a target of 50% of waste to landfill by 2025. To drastically change South Africa’s wasteful habits and encourage a circular economy, where materials are re-used, government gazetted the National Waste Management Strategy 2020. Regulations for a mandatory extended producer responsibility scheme place responsibility on manufacturers for their products and packaging to the end of their life cycle.
  • Global Disruptors - Cryptocurrencies
    South Africa
    20 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin or ethereum, are digital tokens and assets that rely on blockchain technology for secure transactions. Retail investment interest in cryptocurrencies has grown exponentially and prices remain highly volatile. Major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have achieved increasing levels of institutional acceptance and major global payments companies are putting strategies in place to integrate cryptocurrencies into traditional payments infrastructure. Asset managers have signalled an intention to add bitcoin to their funds. Investors are buying cryptocurrencies as short-term trading instruments and long-term hedges in their portfolios as an alternative asset class.
  • Trends In South African FMCG Markets
    South Africa
    15 April 2021
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
    estimated $ 991.33 (USD) *
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    Locally manufactured and imported goods are sold via a countrywide network of formal and informal channels to shoppers that are deeply divided in terms of spending power. The largest retail outlet for FMCG is supermarkets which have well-established supply chains. Other channels include omnichannel retail (e.g. online, e-commerce, mobile commerce), direct selling, and craft, art and food markets. Some of the largest FMCG companies in the world operate in each market segment, e.g. Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Colgate-Palmolive, British American Tobacco, Nestle, and Henkel. Local players include listed entities like the largest supermarkets, food manufacturers and wholesalers – among others Pick n Pay, Spar, Woolworths, Shoprite, Tiger Brands, and RCL Foods – and pharmacy chains including Dis-chem, and Clicks. Local privately-owned small businesses abound, e.g. Africology (a cosmetics manufacturer and retailer), and Sally Williams (a confectionery manufacturer and retailer).

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